Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Essay

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The Darkness Within Many children are afraid of the dark and what lies in it, so they call out to their fearless parents for protection. Adults are supposed to shed light in the dark, and civilization insists that they suppress the darkness in themselves and their children. However, in Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness one’s beliefs on civilization is questioned and darkness is brought to a new light. Darkness is a prominent symbol throughout the text and it has significant meaning to the title. The meaning of darkness changes throughout the text from a physical meaning to a psychological one. A dark, unexplored wilderness sounds like the best place to have an adventure; however, in the novella the forest is written with so many personifications that it becomes a terrifying third character to the story. The wilderness is given characteristics of darkness and represents uncivilized land. As Marlow is travelling down the Thames River he says that “And this also…has been one of the dark places of the earth” (Conrad 5). Marlow is referring to before there were any humans in England and how primeval the land had been. The statement that Marlow makes is the first time darkness is mentioned, and his words contrast to those of the unnamed narrator. As the story begins, the narrator speaks in a praising tone towards the explorers who went before them, and he paints a glorious picture of the land and sea. Marlow, however, notices that the land would have never been conquered…

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